Dora or The Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents
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    Dora or The Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents

    Dora oder Die sexuellen Neurosen unserer Eltern

    Directed by

    Switzerland, Germany


    90 min

    • German


    At the age of 18, Dora is just beginning to blossom. Her mother Kristin has recently decided that Dora’s psychotherapeutic medication is no longer necessary. As the mentally disabled young woman rushes headlong into life, a man takes a liking to her. The two soon become sexually involved – much to Kristin’s dismay. Unbeknownst to her parents, Dora continues meeting the dubious man, who is obviously taken with her unrestrained sensuality. Whilst her mother’s attempts to have a second child have thus far been of no avail, Dora becomes pregnant.


    • Cinelab Award for Best Image, Cineuropa Award - Brussels FF



    Victoria Schulz
    Jenny Schily
    Urs Jucker
    Lars Eidinger
    Stina Werenfels
    Boris Treyer
    Lukas Strebel
    Jann Anderegg
    Peter Scherer

    Director's Statement

    When in 2003 I saw Lukas Bärfuss’ premiere of The Sexual Neuroses of our Parents I left the theatre struck with a sense of ambivalence. One question kept going round and round in my head: What is morally right and what is wrong? I’ve been mulling over these questions ever since and eventually they led to this film.



    It's always good to shake audiences up, and the combination of intercourse and impairment certainly fits the bill.

    Jay Weissberg, Variety

    Stina Werenfels

    Stina Werenfels


    Art means to break new ground. Each film is a prototype, and one has to be just curious.

    Born in Basel in 1964, Stina Werenfels spent her early childhood in the USA, Greece and Spain. Following her degree in Pharmacology, she went on to study Film at the New York University in 1991, where she attended master classes by Spike Lee, Arthur Penn and Marketa Kimbrell. There she completed her studies with the prize winning short documentary FRAGMENTS FROM THE LOWER EAST SIDE (1994). Back in Switzerland, Werenfels shot PASTRY, PAIN & POLITICS (1998) for which she was given the Swiss Film Prize for Best Short Film. Her first feature was NACHBEBEN (2006), and premiered at the Berlinale Panorama, as well as her latest film, DORA OR THE SEXUAL NEUROSES OF OUR PARENTS (2015). Besides writing and directing, Stina Werenfels also teaches ‘acting for film’ at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK).

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